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The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > Rock, Paper, Payoff: Child's Play Wins Auction House an Art Sale. Published: April 29, 2005 t may have been the most expensive game of rock, paper, scissors ever played.

The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > Rock, Paper, Payoff: Child's Play Wins Auction House an Art Sale

Takashi Hashiyama, president of Maspro Denkoh Corporation, an electronics company based outside of Nagoya, Japan, could not decide whether Christie's or Sotheby's should sell the company's art collection, which is worth more than $20 million, at next week's auctions in New York. He did not split the collection - which includes an important Cézanne landscape, an early Picasso street scene and a rare van Gogh view from the artist's Paris apartment - between the two houses, as sometimes happens.

Nor did he decide to abandon the auction process and sell the paintings through a private dealer. The Sublime Sci-Fi Buildings That Communism Built. The House of Soviets in Kaliningrad.

The Sublime Sci-Fi Buildings That Communism Built

Photo by Frédéric Chaubin, from "CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed. " The architecture of the Eastern Bloc—a conundrum of impossible complexity, or at least that's what it looks like judging from the daily view of my collection of coffee table books. Yes, that's right, coffee table books. The recent glut of art volumes devoted to Soviet architecture may be surprising to anyone who previously thought "Soviet architecture" had about as much to do with "art" as "Soviet leaders" had to do with "glamour. " Yet here is a whole bookshelf to contradict that view.

The Most Isolated People in the World. Dating AKB48: the J-pop cult banned from falling in love. 2inShare Jump To Close.

Dating AKB48: the J-pop cult banned from falling in love

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II. The World's Smallest Book - a large print edition by Robert Chaplin. GREAT WORK EVERYONE!

The World's Smallest Book - a large print edition by Robert Chaplin

'Teeny Ted' is successfully funded and now we can have a little fun. I've added a stretch goal! School libraries need help! Check the backers rewards to see how you can participate and donate copies of 'Teeny Ted', in your name to help libraries raise money. See the new $75 Pledge for details. Lets have fun and make a LARGE PRINT edition of the world's smallest book. Russia declassifies deposit of impact diamonds. NOVOSIBIRSK, September 16 (Itar-Tass) — Russia has declassified a large deposit of super hard diamonds which are twice harder than usual ones.

Russia declassifies deposit of impact diamonds

The sensational statement was made by Novosibirsk scientists of the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The deposit is located on the border of the Krasnoyarsk region and Yakutia in the Popigai crypto-explosion structure- a hundred kilometres’ meteorite crater formed 35 million years ago. Back in the 1970s, Soviet geologists discovered there the first extra hard "diamonds" - impact diamonds having unusual features. They were two times harder than regular ones and had a different structure. But due to the fact that at that time the government decided to develop construction of plants to produce synthetic diamonds, any studies stopped, and data on the field were classified. World's first colour film footage viewed for first time.

12 September 2012Last updated at 13:20 ET.

World's first colour film footage viewed for first time

Termites explode to defend their colonies. R.

Termites explode to defend their colonies

Hanus Older worker termites of Neocapritermes taracua (top right and bottom right) develop blue pouches that can explode to harm their enemies. The yellow-headed termite is a soldier. A species of termite found in the rainforests of French Guiana takes altruism seriously: aged workers grow sacks of toxic blue liquid that they explode onto their enemies in an act of suicidal self-sacrifice to help their colonies (see video). Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent For Facebook First. UPDATE: Many folks soon started to call out St.

Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent For Facebook First

Pierre for fabricating this story, including Jason Kottke, and we now know for sure that this story was a fake. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Intrepid reporter (or just nosey historian) Nate St. Ian Usher, The Man Who Sold His Life On eBay After A Divorce, Finds Love And Buys A Caribbean Island. In 2008, after his marriage fell apart, a heartbroken Ian Usher auctioned off his whole life on eBay. For $305,000, he sold his car, his motorbike and his house -- with everything in it. This Bird can copy the sound of everybody including Human - LyreBird. Mapping the Republic of Letters.

About the Project Before email, faculty meetings, international colloquia, and professional associations, the world of scholarship relied on its own networks: networks of correspondence that stretched across countries and continents; the social networks created by scientific academies; and the physical networks brought about by travel.

Mapping the Republic of Letters

Paris 26 Gigapixels - Visite virtuelle interactive des plus beau. Nature by Numbers. Mandelbulb: The Unravelling of the Real 3D Mandelbrot Fractal. Opening Pandora's Box For the Second Time ur story starts with a guy named Rudy Rucker, an American mathematician, computer scientist and science fiction author (and in fact one of the founders of the cyberpunk science-fiction movement).

Mandelbulb: The Unravelling of the Real 3D Mandelbrot Fractal

Around 20 years ago, along with other approaches, he first imagined the concept behind the potential 3D Mandelbulb (barring a small mistake in the formula, which nevertheless still can produce very interesting results - see later), and also wrote a short story about the 3D Mandelbrot in 1987 entitled "As Above, So Below" (also see his blog entry and notebook). Mansion unlocked after 100 years.